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In 1905 Hamilton Wright Mabie published Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, as distinguished from the author's similar works, Famous Stories Every Child Should Know and Myths Every Child Should Know. What does Mabie require children to know in this audiobook? Actress Samantha Worthen tells listeners the familiar fairy tales of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty as well as lesser known tales from The Arabian Nights, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop's Fables, Charles Perault, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Worthen's warm, amiable, child-friendly voice brings a light to sometimes dark material. In classic children's narratives she has clearly found a genre where she can shine.

Publisher's Summary

This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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I love it

It's the best my favorite in the light princess I am 10 years old and I feel when listening to It I feel like someone is reading me a book all night

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Good

I think it was a great narrator but the story's seemed too short so
4 stars overall I liked it

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Lily love it

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Stories were interesting for children

Would you consider the audio edition of Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know to be better than the print version?

It is nice to have my kid listen to it in bed with lights out. We still read but this is just imagination time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lots of classic stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tara
  • NOWATA, OK, United States
  • 04-30-13

Good Stories

I enjoyed listening to the stories that I already knew and being introduced to the ones I hadn't.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Very bad narration

I have had a very difficult time struggling to finish this book, but I have resolved to quench the pain inflicted on me by the reader. Don't know how, but I made it.
Strongly recommend choosing a different narration.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Terrible performance

Reader is stilted, arch and unable to effectively render different voices. Translation of stories also poor

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Strong racist and misogynistic undertones

Any additional comments?

The stories were poor translations of the originals (from German, Arabic, etc.). The translator made a point to emphasize any racist facets of the stories that they could. Further, none of the stories hold any morals, lessons, or virtues. The stories all end with the handsome prince gaining possession of the pretty girl (even if he's grown and she's 8) with no basis on either's character, but rather on beauty and wealth.
These may be fairy tales that every child has known for generations, but that doesn't mean that any child actually should learn them.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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saccraine

worst version I ever heard. sticky sweet, illogical, and jumpy. the fairy tales don't try to make sense.

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Boring

The stories drag on an the voice sounds computerized. couldn't wait to get through it when I was listening to it with my daughter.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Reed
  • 07-05-14

Too American for me

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Don't get me wrong, I love most things American - great writers, actors, TV dramas, movies - cultural beacon of the western world, etc. But the narrator was just too saccharine-sweet, monotonously ploddingly cutesy for my taste - and, I suspect, for any Brit's taste. To be fair, the stories are good and my children seem to like it (I bought this for long car journeys), but it would be sooo much better with a different narrator.

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  • Delana Ro
  • 12-31-17

Not for children

Too many high level words are used for children. Language (but not stories) suit teenagers.